If you don’t already know Evan Stewart, you are missing out. This young gun of a Realtor is driven and focused, and has built his real estate business on a solid foundation of hard work and great service with his Acquire Dallas brand. He’s the listing agent of that amazing home at 5000 Bridle Path that Candy gushed about!
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CandysDirt.com: So, where are you from?
Evan Stewart: I’m homegrown! I was born and raised right here, in Dallas!
CD: So, how did you get into real estate? What’s your specialty?
Stewart: My father is an entrepreneur, so from a very early age I was immersed in the entrepreneurial mindset. I’ve owned previous businesses, and have much success in management and sales positions. A few years ago I just couldn’t shake the thought of looking into real estate – so I decided to get licensed, fell in love with the industry, and the rest is history! My specialty is residential real estate.
CD: How do you stay sharp in a challenging market?
Stewart: I incorporate two specific business practices that keep me sharp and focused in today’s challenging market. First and foremost, I run my business exclusively by referral. This approach, in turn, frees up my time so I can pour 100 percent of my resources into serving my clients in the deepest way possible. You see, so many agents are caught up in the details of “finding the next deal” that they forget to serve the clients they are actively working with! Cold calling, door knocking, marketing to expired or FSBO properties – I don’t do any of that. I completely devote myself to serving the needs of my clients before, during, and after each home sale/purchase, instead of pounding the pavement looking for that “next great deal.”
The second practice that keeps me sharp, is that I work the cutting edge of technology into all aspects of my business; everything from electronically working with documents, to marketing properties through my international presence on social media. Building these technological systems into my business has allowed me to respond faster to necessary changes in a listing or specific market sphere, and provide framework for me to reach an even larger national and international audience in a shorter time, at a fraction of the cost of other marketing mediums.
CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Stewart: I currently have a condo in Addison Circle, but home for me will always be Preston Hollow. In fact, my grandparents built one of the very first homes in what is now “Preston Hollow” – for under $40,000! Preston Hollow has been my stomping ground for many years, and will always hold a special place in my heart!
CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?
Stewart: I do not drive a Range Rover! I know, *alert the media!* No, in fact I’m actually in the market for a new car right now – I’ve got my eye on the Lexus RC F-Type. Perhaps an early Christmas present to me? Hmm…
CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?
Stewart: I am split – I absolutely love University Park, but I also love West Village in Uptown. After all, I am a young professional, which is why West Village is where I often find myself shopping and dining! The neighborhood reminds me of Manhattan or San Francisco; it’s such a wonderful place to meet other young professionals and enjoy fabulous food and shopping! On the other hand, I love houses and luxury real estate, so University Park will likely be where I end up. The community feel of UP, the incredible schools, close proximity to my business in Fairview and Frisco or in the Park Cities and downtown – there are so many great factors to settling down in UP that there’s no doubt University Park is where I will end up.
CD: What was your best/highest sale?
Stewart: I am very proud to have represented some unique luxury properties over the years – both single-family and farm and ranch. I won’t disclose my “best sale” but I can say that I’ve been involved with enough luxury property that there’s no doubt this is where I need to be.
CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?
Stewart: You know, I’ve had quite a few challenging transactions over the years – ask any agent, they’ll all laugh and remember many, many crazy transactions! My most memorable sale had to be when I helped an elderly woman purchase her first home! She had lived in apartments all her life and her husband had since passed. One of her goals was to own her own place (with a backyard – not a condo!) It meant the world to me that I was able to provide the professional service and guidance she needed to achieve that goal. I suppose that goes to show you – It’s never too late to start working on your life goals!
CD: Tell us: What was the most interesting thing to happen to you while working with a client?
Stewart: I had a recent international transaction that was quite crazy! We were dealing with multiple parties in international time zones so communication was difficult . . . that holdup, combined with our holidays in the United States, and the holidays in these other countries made that transaction very difficult to navigate. Nonetheless, we got it done and all parties are happy!
CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?
Stewart: I’ve actually sold a few houses in just a few hours. This Texas market is always hungry for more inventory
CD: How much did you sell last year?
Stewart: Enough to reinforce my business model of working by referral, and remind me that real estate is truly where I need to be. In just these last few weeks alone I’ve sold seven homes – truly no business is more reflective of the entrepreneurial spirit than that of real estate!
CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?
Stewart: Don’t fall in love with a home until you close! One problem for buyers (especially in this CRAZY market with zero inventory) is that they “fall in love” with a home – perhaps even before they submit an offer! It’s unfortunate, but likely that they might not get that one specific home, then they become very discouraged as they move forward. I always recommend that my buyers like a home enough to submit a winning offer, but fall in love after they move in! (Plus, it’s really just a house until they make it their home, isn’t it?)
CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Stewart: You know, I still have equity in other businesses – being an angel investor and mentor for other business owners continues to be a true blessing in my life. But, I actually won’t go for that encore! Real estate is my long-term business and definitely plays into my passions. I’ve got big plans for my real estate career, but I’ll let you wait and see as those unfold!
CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?
Stewart: I do not currently, but I have had my eye on some land in Lake City, Colo. I go every year with family for fly-fishing, rock climbing, and to escape the city for a while. Having a small cabin in Lake City is a question of “Where do I build?” not if I should!